- apprehension; understanding or comprehension; mental grasp: quick on the uptake.
- an act or instance of taking up; a lifting: the uptake of fertilizer by machines.
- Also called take-up. Machinery. a pipe or passage leading upward from below, as for conducting smoke or a current of air.
- Physiology. absorption.
Origin of uptake
Related Words for uptakecheek, comeback, guff, insolence, insult, lip, mouth, rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, sass, sauce, backchat, uptake
Examples from the Web for uptake
Contemporary Examples of uptake
But it shows that the Romney team is pretty quick on the uptake.Romney's Campaign Is Smart
May 29, 2012
It is too early to tell, but we are hopeful to see if there is an uptake in sales given this recent exposure.Etch a Sketch Sales Boom After Romney Aide Gaffe
March 22, 2012
Historical Examples of uptake
"Say 'at it is," cried Jess, who was quicker in the uptake than her daughter.A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
"I only said that the once," said Wully, shocked at her glibness in the uptake.Bud
You are slower of the uptake, Anne, than is common with you.Merkland
"Men are apt to be slow in the uptake," she added indulgently.A Safety Match
Now at that time I own that I was not bright in the uptake about such things.The Men of the Moss-Hags
S. R. Crockett
- a pipe, shaft, etc, that is used to convey smoke or gases, esp one that connects a furnace to a chimney
- mining another term for upcast (def. 2)
- taking up or lifting up
- the act of accepting or taking up something on offer or available
- quick on the uptake informal quick to understand or learn
- slow on the uptake informal slow to understand or learn
Word Origin and History for uptake
- The absorption by a tissue of a substance, such as a nutrient, and its permanent or temporary retention.
Idioms and Phrases with uptake
see on the uptake.